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The paladin trials tested the utmost in everyone going through it, making them face every horror and distasteful moment. Most chose to slay their demons in a kind of physical slaughter, but there were a very few who relied on their faith to save them. Some look for the shortcuts to gain experience and power, while others realize the value in seeking wisdom and gaining those things through patience, perseverance and hard work. Suffering makes some bitter, while others are humbled and use the suffering to help them grow stronger. Some of the greatest leaders are those who suffered the most.
All these ideas are portrayed in Set's Dream. I highly recommend it.
The sheer amount of detail and emotional intensity is astounding, and the various sub-plots add additional depth and diversity to the story. Age-old archetypes are transformed and given new life in a way that feels fresh for an increasingly overcrowded genre. The idea of dragons as allies is especially interesting, given that they are so often relegated to the role of unintelligent marauders. Here, they are not only the guardians of the Empire, but also powerful patriarchs that protect and cherish its citizens.
There are scenes and images throughout that are celestial and almost transcendental in their presentation, allowing the reader to be a witness in a sacred and ancient ceremony or an otherworldly event that pulls us even further into the unfolding drama. Barnum’s ambition in writing this book is impressive, and will no doubt take him far.
Next, this book and all of the books have such a well done system of government, politics and religion mixed into the fantasy stories. All of the interactions make you think and reflect. The books seem to be quite good about not trying to influence your leanings, but they do effectively show the problems with extremes at both ends of all spectrums.
The characters are great. You really learn to care about them and you really get to know what makes them tick. And the depth of interactions in this world are very fulfilling as a reader. I will keep reading every new book that Barnum writes. I am looking forward to what is coming next out of his pipeline.
So much happens in this story that you force yourself to read it slowly, savoring every page like a delicious morsel. I was glad, too, to see characters from the previous title return, as they were who drew me to the saga to begin with. Still, Set's Dream let's other characters take center stage a little more readily, and they were just as compelling. I would definitely recommend this to other fantasy lovers.